Mayerling (1968)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  19 December 1968 (France)
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Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Countess Larish (as Genevieve Page)
Andréa Parisy ...
Princess Stephanie (as Andrea Parisy)
Ivan Desny ...
Maurice Teynac ...
Moritz Szeps
Mony Dalmès ...
Baroness Vetsera (as Mony Dalmes)
Moustache ...
Fabienne Dali ...
Mizzi Kaspar
Roger Pigaut ...
Count Karolyi
Bernard La Jarrige ...
Loschek (as Bernard Lajarrige)
Véronique Vendell ...
Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)


Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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No one woman could satisfy him...until he fell in love.


Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related scenes | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 December 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciasi  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(Turner Classic Movies)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (UK release) (RCA Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally planned as a starring vehicle for the husband-and-wife team of Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn, who had performed Mayerling for TV in 1957. See more »


When the Empress Elizabeth asks Maria Vetsera her age, she answers "20". She was in fact only 17 when she died a short time later. See more »


Maria Vetsera: [pointing towards a skull on Rudolph's desk] I don't care for that.
Archduke Rudolf: My cousin Ludwig gave it to me. It'd comfort me, he said, for being alive.
Maria Vetsera: Ludwig? You mean, King Ludwig of Bavaria? The one who...?
Archduke Rudolf: Lies! These stories are all lies! He was just... strange. He was not insane. Nobody knows for sure how he died.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear against of a colour-changing background of glass frosted with ice flowers. At times, the ice is cleared, as though by a warm breath, and reveals the double-headed eagle of the Austro-Hungarian empire. See more »


Remake of Mayerling (1936) See more »


Composed by Adolphe Adam (as Adolphe Charles Adam)
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More gorgeous than the Boyer version
21 September 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

Everyone agrees with this movie's virtues: its sets, costumes, and recreation of the era--all of which are impressively gorgeous. Kenneth Brannagh mentions that the look of the this film version influenced the setting/production design for his version of HAMLET (check out his audio commentary of the DVD, chap. 19). So MAYERLING has had its influence.

And, yes, quite a few of us recognize its shortcomings. Frankly, it doesn't possess the passion/romance one expects. Perhaps both Sharif and Deneuve are too intelligent to be believable for a romantic suicide, but whatever it is, somehow the oomph one hopes for is missing. Nevertheless, it's still fascinating, and while not as involving as the Boyer version, it's got more historical detail and background.

And yes it's worth comparing/contrasting with THE ILLUSIONIST.

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